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Unit information: Functional and Clinical Anatomy I in 2021/22

Unit name Functional and Clinical Anatomy I
Unit code ANAT30004
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Scott Paterson
Open unit status Not open



ANAT30005 Functional and Clinical Anatomy II

School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Functional anatomy is an in depth study of the structure-function relationship within the human body and an opportunity to properly explore the maxim that “form follows function”. The human body adapts to its imposed functional demands: in sickness and in health, in chronic medical conditions and in elite performance, all against a background of development and aging. We are always shifting along this continuum dynamically, and some more successfully than others. A shift from function in the normal range brings dysfunction and is a starting point for considering related clinical applications. In this unit the functional and clinical applications for each region of the body will be discussed in seminars.

Functional and Clinical Anatomy I will broadly follow dissections of the upper limb, back, thorax and head & neck (unit ANAT30006).

This unit aims to give students the opportunity to make advanced studies of each regional area of human anatomy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the structure-function relationship in fetal, child and adult states
  2. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the structure function relationship in health and disease states as appropriate to anatomy
  3. apply anatomical knowledge to clinical problem solving
  4. assimilate anatomical knowledge to clinical practice

Teaching Information

Seminar based discussion, including case studies and occasional practical demonstrations e.g. organ harvesting.

Assessment Information

3000 word essay (100%)

Formative 3000 word essay and peer marking task


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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